Overlooked counties of the UK

If you’re planning to explore more of the UK on your holiday this year but don’t quite know where to go then have no fear we’re on hand to help by looking at some of the best UK county’s you might not have explored yet and probably should. Rather than give an in depth guide we’ve just provided a skim read for you so that you can get a feel for these counties and decide where you want to go.


Most people heading to the South West of England are on a straight course for Cornwall but honestly Devon is equally good if not better in terms of sights, attractions and most importantly beaches. The north coast has some of the best beaches in the country with Saunton and Croyde being perfect for families and for surfers. The county’s countryside of Exmoor and the area around Dartmouth is incredible and perfect for walking and exploring. The south coast is littered with beautiful seaside towns and the countryside is incredible. Holiday cottage in Devon give you the perfect chance to explore this fantastic county and you’ve got plenty of options for history, art and culture with Plymouth being a great city and the south coast being awash with artsy getaways.


Dorset is another county that often gets overlooked by people travelling the country as it’s so near other county’s which are considered more exciting. However, holiday cottages in Dorset are amongst the best in the country and there’s plenty to explore, see and do in the area. The south coast is spectacular with the area around Weymouth being particularly beautiful. In terms of sites to see there’s so much with Corfe castle and the Cerne Abbas giant being amongst the best. But it is the coast here that is the biggest draw with dramatic cliffs and beautiful beaches that make for fantastic walks and really relaxing days. Plus, because the area isn’t quite as popular, there are generally less tourists about and more space to unwind.


Many people head to Norfolk for the fantastic scenery and the beautiful coastline but a lot of people simply overlook the county. Norfolk is really one of the pearls of the UK with the Norfolk broads being are finest lowland scenery. Boating on the Norfolk broads is incredibly popular but they are also a great place for walking and cycling with beautiful scenery and an abundance of birdlife. As a bird lover’s paradise the broads are incredible but there is also a rich history to explore with Holkham hall, and Dragon hall being particularly fantastic days out. The coastline is also beautiful here with towering cliffs and beautifl enclosed beaches providing a great opportunity for relaxation and unwinding.


Of the northern counties Durham is perhaps the most overlooked. Despite not having the large national parks of the other northern counties Durham still boasts an incredible scenic heritage and some beautiful landscapes. The county town Durham is a paradise and absolutely beautiful with the large architectural delights of the castle and the church being amongst the best in the UK. The coastline is equal to if not better than anything further north with tranquil fishing villages and larger tourist resorts littering the coast broken by miles of rugged cliffs and fantastic walks. The county’s stately homes and small nature parks are incredible and well worth visiting.